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Outdoor Public Swimming Pools to Reopen

22 Sep 2021 - COVID-19

Last Updated: 22 September 2021

The NSW Premier has announced that the same restrictions of five-kilometre travel within Local Government Areas for unlimited outdoor recreation time now applies to all of the state.

The Premier has also announced that, as of Monday 27 September 2021, outdoor public swimming pools are able to reopen with strict NSW Health-approved COVIDSafe plans in place.

The Y NSW will be opening outdoor swimming pools at the following centres on the following dates for recreational and lap swimming only:

We will be able to announce the programming of swimming lessons, squad training, aquatic fitness and broader fitness and recreation activities as and when public health orders are updated. This will be in line with broader reopening and easing of restrictions.

There are strict public health guidelines the Y must adhere to, and we ask for the community’s support to ensure we: 

  • Maintain a maximum of 10 people in a pool lane at any time.
  • In line with existing Public Health Orders for outdoor gatherings, we must limit groups outside to: 
    • Fully vaccinated people: Groups of up to five fully vaccinated people over 16 (not including children 12 years and younger).
    • Not fully vaccinated people: You can attend an outdoor gathering in a public space with 1 other person that you do not live with or your nominated visitor ("singles bubble") for exercise or outdoor recreation. If you live with more than 2 other people, you can all exercise and engage in outdoor recreation together.
  • Ask all patrons to check in using the Service NSW QR code. We cannot allow you to enter otherwise.
  •  Ask everyone to wear a mask unless they are in the pool.

Our indoor spaces will be closed in accordance with Government guidance, with the exception of change rooms and toilet facilities. Our staff will all be wearing masks in line with government guidelines, and we will be carefully managing the number of people onsite, outdoors and using indoor facilities to ensure physical distancing is maintained. We really want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the centre, so we may need to ask members of the community to vacate the premises after a reasonable amount of time to ensure we can let others in.

Our teams are committed to opening our centres and welcoming the community back, and we can’t wait to see you all again. 

We will be greeting you with a smile, and we only ask for the same in return. 

The above listed requirements are in place to ensure that we keep everyone safe and healthy, and so we can continue to be open to everyone. We may need to courteously provide additional guidance or ask people to observe the regulations in place. All that we ask, is that you please be kind – to our people and to each other. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. 

Entry fees

Everyone using our sites will pay a casual once-off entry fee at this stage. 

For Y members, we are not re-activating membership direct debits or aquatic membership payments at this time. This includes Fitness Passports.

We will communicate billing arrangements with our members as our centres reopen for all services. Please be reassured, if you are a member, there is nothing you need to do regarding your account and we thank you for your ongoing support as we make this long-awaited and positive transition. We look forward to being able to provide everyone with all the value you get at the Y.

Thank you everyone, and welcome back!

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